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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (2003)

by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

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Summary: this book introduces how different animals use their noses, ears, tails, eyes, mouths, and feet in very different ways by asking readers to guess which animal each part belongs to and how it is used.
Genre: informational book
Use in teaching: 1 ask them to guess which animal each part belongs to and how it is used.
2 read the book to them.
Media:collage ( )
  CarolLuo | Apr 11, 2016 |
A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read Aloud Informational Text).
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
In this Caldecott Honor book Steve Jenkins introduce in a playful and interactive way to many animal parts that have been adaptations to their ways of living. Love how author shows the parts with a question for stimulate kids analytical thinking. His colored handmade paper collages, a trademark of his artwork, are exquisite in detail, texture and color, adding dimension with each overlapped shape. Bonus information about each animal follows at the end.
  Jlporrata75 | Mar 12, 2016 |
'What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?' sounds like a sing-along book. After reading through it, someone could sing this with a melody in mind. But if so, it would be a very informative sing-along. 'What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?' by author Steve Jenkins and illustrator Robin Page is a book that informs the readers about different animals, reptiles and insects of the world and what makes them unique. There are animals scattered on each page talking about a specific body part and how that animal uses it in a specific way. The creatures scattered on the pages have a very interesting look to them. Some are clean, others are dotted, while some look very textured. Each brings a certain aspect to set these creatures apart from the others; even if they are on the same page about the same body part being represented. I think Page may have mixed in some cutouts, with construction paper and a bit of paint to give these creatures form. My favorite part of the book was on the topic of tails, with one of the creatures being a lizard. The book spoke of its tail breaking off and right in the break of the two page spread is the end of the lizard's tail being cut off book's spine, with the rest of its body remaining on the opposing page. This was not pointed out but it was one of those little things, along with the art, that earned Page a Caldecott Medal. ( )
  Jtreed | Jan 26, 2016 |
This book offers a lot of interesting facts that even I did not know until I read it. It is a very easy read yet very informative. This book features many different animals and what they can all do with different parts of their bodies. I was unaware that if you are a platypus you use your nose to dig in mud, that if you are a cricket you hear with your knees, and that if you are a chameleon you use your eyes to look two ways at once. This book offers a wide range of animal facts as well as pictures. The pictures really help one associate the animal with the interesting feature the animal holds. By having pictures of the tails, eyes, and ears of the animals before seeing that entire animal, one is able to get into the book and think about what the animal looks like or what the animal might able to do with his or her tails, eyes, and ears. Even a child who is unable to read yet could understand and enjoy this book. ( )
  jmistret | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Jenkins, this time in collaboration with his wife, has created yet another eye-opening book. Children will learn that lizards can completely break off their tail as a defense and that it will grow back. And, they'll find out that crickets' ears are on their knees. Most fish have two eyes, but some have four, the better to see above and below the water at the same time. These are just a few of the fascinating facts of nature dangled out front to draw readers into this beautifully illustrated book. On each spread, five different animals' tails, ears, eyes, or other body parts, done in vibrant cut-paper collage, appear with a simple question ("What do you do with a- like this?"). The next spread shows the five creatures in their entirety and offers a brief explanation. For example, "If you're an elephant, you use your nose to give yourself a bath." The back pages offer more information for older or more curious readers. This is a great book for sharing one-on-one or with a group.
added by ReneHohls | editSchool Library Journal, Wanda Meyers-Hines (May 7, 2013)
 
Not only does Jenkins (Life on Earth, 2002, etc.) again display a genius for creating paper-collage wildlife portraits with astonishingly realistic skin, fur, and feathers, but here on alternate spreads he zooms in for equally lifelike close-ups of ears, eyes, noses, mouths, feet, and tails. Five examples of each organ thrusting in from beyond the pages’ edges for each “What do you do” question precede spreads in which the point of view pulls back to show the whole animal, with a short accompanying caption. Visual surprises abound: a field cricket’s ears are actually on its legs; a horned lizard can (and does, here) squirt blood from its eyes as a defense mechanism; in an ingenious use of page design, a five-lined skink’s breakable tail enters and leaves the center gutter at different points. Capped by a systematic appendix furnishing more, and often arresting, details—“A humpback whale can be 50 feet long and weigh a ton per foot”—this array of wide eyes and open mouths will definitely have viewers responding with wide eyes and open mouths of their own. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)
 
Here's another exceptional cut-paper science book from Jenkins, this time put together with a partner, and like previous books, it's a stunner. An opening page, clearly explaining how to use the book, is followed by a double-page spread picturing the mouths of several different animals, accompanied by the question, "What do you do with a mouth like this?" The next spread shows each animal in full, explaining in a few simple words how the part functions. Tail, ears, nose, and eyes are covered in the same manner. A picture glossary at the back shows each animal again, postage-stamp size, with an informative note elaborating on the creature's special adaptation. The notes also neatly answer questions that might arise during a reading (Why do horned lizards squirt blood out their eyes?) and add to the interactive aspect of the book. A variety of animals is represented--some (elephant, hippo, chimp) will be comfortably familiar; others (four-eyed fish, blue-footed booby) are of interest because of their strangeness. Jenkins' handsome paper-cut collages are both lovely and anatomically informative, and their white background helps emphasize the particular feature, be it the bush baby's lustrous, liquid-brown eyes or the skunk's fuzzy tail. This is a striking, thoughtfully created book with intriguing facts made more memorable through dynamic art.
added by ReneHohls | editBooklist, ALA Starred Review, Tim Arnold
 

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Animals use their noses, ears, tails, eyes, mouths, and feet in very different ways.
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What do you do with a nose like this?
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Beautifully detailed collage illustrations (cut paper) show a wide variety of interesting animals -- including lizards whose tails break off when they run away and a creature whose eyes spurt blood to scare off predators. Format alternates between spreads with a particular body part highlighted -- tails, eyes, ears, etc -- and spreads with the entire animal shown and a brief description of what those parts DO. The final pages show each animal and give a bit more information about each one (habitat and such). A big winner for preschoolers, primary students, and intermediate students with an interest in the animal world.
"What do you do with a tail like this?" offers lots of information about different animals and the fuctions of various body parts in nicely bite-sized pieces that children will be able to process and compare. I like the "more information" at the end for readers who are still curious. I would use this book to talk about animals, for comparison and contrast activities, for discussion multiple functions of a given item (hand, nose, eyes, whathaveyou), and for talking about body parts in general.
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A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read Aloud Informational Text).

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:31 -0400)

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Simple text presents the many things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails.

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